Many students choose to take History in the Sixth Form. Numbers are generally high, but usually we have three sets of around ten students. The teaching for each set is split between two teachers.
Students who choose to study History at A Level will follow the OCR A Level Syllabus (History A course). This requires candidates to study four modules, two units in the Lower Sixth and two units in the Upper Sixth.
Currently these topics include the an essay based paper on Italy 1896-1943 and a source analysis paper on the Condition of England 1815-53 in the Lower Sixth. In the Upper Sixth students complete an essay based module on Britain and Ireland 1798-1921 and a coursework element on the Russian Revolutions 1896-1924.
Lessons aim to encourage pupils to learn about the topics studied in a variety of different ways. Group work and pair work are used regularly in the Sixth Form and there is an emphasis on using historical evidence during lessons. Historical debates are used to enable students to enhance their understanding of the causation of events. Homework will test a range of historical skills and can include note taking, exam style essays, source work and preparation for debates.
In addition to timetabled lessons, all students are encouraged to be involved with the Sixth Form History Society which organises lectures encompassing a wide range of topics to further the student’s historical understanding. Most recently the History Society was visited by Professor Stuart Ball of the University of Leicester. The department also runs a Model United Nations Society, open for all pupils from Year 10 to the Upper Sixth. Run by a committee of students, the Model United Nations has about 40 members who have discussed and debated a wide range of issues, including the future of United Nations Peacekeeping missions, overseen by Mr Wearn.
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